Drinking Orange: A Tour of Ireland’s Best Cocktails
Although some might think that drinking in Ireland is explicitly limited to beer and pubs, that’s far from the truth. More and more bars are embracing the creativity that comes with making a signature cocktail, and many of these cocktails feature to bright and tangy flavour of orange. After much research, here are some of the best orangey cocktails Ireland has to offer.
Sangria Heaven, The g Hotel in Galway
This sharing cocktail features Rosé wine that’s swirled with Brandy before adding grilled orange and lemon slices. You and your drink partner can choose whether to have it served hot or cold, and you can also split the hefty €19 bill.
Skip & Go Naked, Biddy Early’s Cocktail Bar in Kilkenny
Besides the cocktails, Biddy Early’s karaoke nights, live music, party nights, and live DJs make this bar worth a visit. Amongst the many other cleverly and riskily named cocktails, the Skip & Go Naked combines Smirnoff, Blue Curaçao and Galliano before it’s shaken with orange and pineapple juice and garnished to finish. At €8, you wouldn’t have to stop at one.
Gin & Sin, The Gin Palace in Dublin
If simple is more your style, try the Gin and Sin after you enjoy the delicious array of appetizers on the dinner menu at The Gin Palace. It mixes together gin, orange and lemon juice and grenadine before it’s shaken over ice. Going out on a budget is easy with this €6.50 drink.
Perfect Company, Hotel Westport in Mayo
This luxurious hotel prides itself on its extensive cocktail menu, and rightfully so. The Perfect Company combines Bénédictine liquor, gin, absinthe, Angostura bitters, and orange and lemon juice for a €9 cocktail that’s worth every euro.
Like Clockwork Espresso Martini, Roberta’s in Dublin
Roberta’s offers an entire range of espresso martinis and even gives you the chance to build your own. This martini stands out from the rest for its unique combination of Dime Coffee, Ketel One Oranje, Apricot Brandy and Condensed Milk. The dessert-like drink comes in at €9.95.
Botanic Avenue, MVP in Dublin
One of many of MVP’s signature €11 cocktails, Botanic Avenue is a mixture of Manzanilla sherry, Tanqueray gin, Cynar, dandelion syrup, white grapefruit and orange. The floral nature of this drink is a perfect companion to a sunny summer afternoon.
Barley n’ Ale, The Virgin Mary in Dublin
If you’re looking for something a bit different, try out the newly opened Virgin Mary. They serve an exclusively non-alcoholic drink menu that features cocktails, beers, wines, and other specialty drinks. The Barley n’ Ale is a refreshing glass of Seedlip Spice 94, Barley, Cacao, Orange and Poacher’s Ginger Ale that’s finished off with some spice. While €7 might seem steep for a virgin drink, the aromatic flavors and high quality ingredients make up for the cost.